Natural Sunscreen Compounds


Technology Description

Oregon State University researchers have developed a Streptomyces production system for producing analogs of the natural sunscreens gadusol and the micosporine-like amino acids (MAAs). The developed strain produces a high yield of the sunscreen compound gadusol. It also produces new sunscreen compounds that are hybrids of gadusol and MAAs. By combining gadusol with one or more of the new hybrid compounds, it may be possible to generate a natural sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Oregon State University is seeking a licensee to develop and commercialize products based on the discovery of the Streptomyces production system and the produced sunscreen compounds.

Interkingdom Genetic Mix-and-Match To Produce Novel Sunscreens

Features & Benefits

  • Naturally derived sunscreen compounds for environmentally friendlier sunscreens
  • UVA and UVB protection for broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Potential to generate additional compounds


  • Sunscreen formulations
  • Antioxidants

Background of Invention

Rising concerns about common sunscreen ingredients harming the environment, including coral reefs, have consumers looking for greener, sustainable options. Unfortunately, consumer choices in sunscreens remain limited, especially for sunscreens derived from naturally occurring sun protective compounds.


Patent Pending (U.S. provisional patent application)


Patent Information:
Tech ID:
Joe Christison
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
Taifo Mahmud
Andrew Osborn
natural product
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